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24h on the Catalan Coast

Port‑Vendres

Port-Vendres is a natural deep-water harbour and the busiest on the coast. Don’t miss the fishing boats coming in and the unloading of the fish on the stalls of small enterprises selling fish on the quays. Visit its pretty Spanish-style church curiously built on the dock, take the little road to the south up to cap Béar, at the end of the harbour, where you can see the strange red and white metal « Feu de Môle » lighthouse which shows the entrance to the harbour. At the end of the road, the Béar lighthouse rises majestically from a rocky spur and you have a striking view of the coast to the pointe du Cap-Creus in Spain. If it takes your fancy, you can take the little coastal path signposted in yellow to the superb Anse des Paulilles, a little corner of paradise jealously guarded by the conservatoire du littoral and which has been part of the Réseau Grand Site de France since 2011 as « Grand Site de l'Anse de Paulilles ».

More info:

- Official website of the town and the tourist office - Beaches in PORT-VENDRES

L’anse de Paulilles

A 5 minute drive from our hotel, on D914

This is one of the most beautiful sites in the department. Located on the commune of Port-Vendres, snuggling between Cap Béar and Cap l’Abeille, l’Anse de Paulilles, now a listed site, is a vast creek in exceptional surroundings. Stop here and admire the breath-taking landscape, the Mediterranean and exotic vegetation, follow the guided tours and enjoy the three unspoiled beaches at the foot of the massif des Albères. During this idyllic walk you can also swim in the crystal clear water of the pretty little creeks nestling at the bottom of the cliffs.

The Paulilles site almost became a marina but, luckily, the conservatoire du littoral decided otherwise by financing the rehabilitation of the former Nobel des Paulilles dynamite factory which had been closed since 1984. Today, visitors can dive into the history of the factory by visiting the site which is absolutely exceptional! And everything is free: access, visit, exhibitions.

More info:

- Official website of the Conservatoire du Littoral - Official website of the town and the tourist office

Diving

Port-Vendres is paradise for diving-enthusiasts and those who love underwater wildlife. Scuba Passion Diving Centre welcomes you in the heart of the Golfe du Lion Natural marine reserve. Experienced instructors will share their passion with you and show you all the riches and beauty of the sea bed. Flipper dives, maiden dives or explorations in the Côte Vermeille natural marine reserve for beginners, diving to discover wrecks or night dives for the more experienced… A number of activities are offered whatever your level. And for those who love aquatic hiking, our hotel is 10 minutes from the submarine path of the marvellous Banyuls natural reserve.

More info:

- Official website of the Scuba Passion diving club

Leisure activities

Port-Vendres offers a mutlitude of leisure activities: set sail on a yacht for a sea trip, for a sea cruise to cap Béar and the Baie de Paulilles, discover the rocky coast in a sea kayak, and discover plastic arts, dance techniques, go on a long hike or bike ride, or an all-terrain electric scooter supervised by professionals… And enjoy the many supervised beaches or little creeks (not supervised). And golf fans can find what they need 20 minutes from our hotel, at the Saint-Cyprien golf-course with its two 18 and 9-hole courses.

More info:

- Official website of the town and the tourist office

Exceptional wines

Lovers of great wines staying in our hotel will be very satisfied. The wines of Banyuls and Collioure originate in the heart of the Côte Vermeille, in Catalan country, between the sea and the mountains from old vines grown on the hillsides on terraces overlooking the sea. These two character-filled nectars, with their sun-filled flavours and rich, strong aromas, both have an Appellation d’origine contrôlée. Banyuls and Banyuls Grand Cru are natural sweet wines and their AOC is one of the oldest in France. Collioure wines come in red, rosé and white, and are dry wines. Both go marvellously with Catalan cuisine.

More info:

- Official website of the town and the tourist office of Banyuls

Collioure

9 minutes from our hotel, on D114

Collioure, a gem on this rocky coast, is famous for the number of painters who have been inspired by the charm of the town, its picturesque and authentic atmosphere, its roofs, its bell-tower, its small catalan harbour, its typical alley-ways…. Among them, Henri Matisse, who created fauvism here, and also Georges Braque, Raoul Dufy, Albert Marquet… and even Picasso and Salvador Dali. Discover its exceptional heritage, the Château royal, the church of Notre-Dame des Anges, the forts… and also the musée d’Art moderne (museum of Modern Art), all the events… Everything which makes Collioure a unique site.

More info:

- Official website of the tourist office of Colllioure

Banyuls‑sur‑mer

10 minutes by car from our hotel, on D914

Banyuls-sur-Mer is a town filled with charm with its bay, its old town, its harbour, beach and jetty. It is famous with hikers as the starting and finishing point of the GR10, and also its yacht-basins, fairs and festivals, or splendid walks in the back country… As you discover the town, stop off at the musée Aristide Maillol, (painter, sculptor and from the region). And don’t forget to admire along an underwater path and a signposted path, the Cerbère-Banyuls natural marine reserve, the only natural marine reserve in France, which covers 650 hectares of sea.

More info:

- Official website of the town and the tourist office of Banyuls

Cadacqués, Dali's village

1 ¼ hours from our hotel, on D914, then in Spain on GI614

In Spain, about fifty kilometres from our hotel, discover Cadaqués, a picturesque little town known as « the village of Salvador Dali ». All year round, the museum offers exhibitions on the painter and his work, and also on the genius’s personality. Stop off at Dali’s Museum-House, in the creek of Portlligat, also in Cadaqués, which will help you understand the artist and his lifestyle better. And don’t forget to admire the bay of Cadaqués, the biggest natural harbour in Catalonia.

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